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Five orphaned Pacific black ducks   - 5th April 2013

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Five orphaned Pacific black ducks

Age: Juvenile   Sex: Unknown   Weight: 30 - 50g each

Found: In Burpengary after some land clearing had taken place, with no sign of Mum.

Transported to: To the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital by a member of the public.

Veterinary Assessment: Dr Claude assessed these gorgeous ducks and found they were bright, alert and responsive - luckily with no injuries.

Treatment: The five Pacific black ducks were kept warm in a humidicrib in our nursery until they were collected by experienced water bird rehabilitators.

Outcome: The ducks will remain in care with wildlife rehabilitators until they are old enough to be released back into the wild.

AZWH Fact: The Pacific black duck is a dabbling duck found in much of Indonesia, New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand and many islands in the southwestern Pacific, reaching to the Caroline Islands in the north and French Polynesia in the east. It is usually called the Grey Duck in New Zealand, and is also known by its Maori name, Parera.



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